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's speakers, building on the momentum of last night. how can you top michelle obama? >> believe it or not, when we were first married, our combined monthly student loan bill was actually higher than our mortgage. yeah. we were so young, so in love, and so in debt. and that's why barack has fought so hard to increase student aid and keep interest rates down. because he wants every young person to fulfill their promise and be able to attend college without a mountain of debt. so in the end, for barack, these issues aren't political. they're personal. because barack knows what it means when a family struggles. he knows what it means to want something more for your kids and grandkids. barack knows the american dream because he's lived it. and he wants everyone in this country, everyone, to have the same opportunity. he reminds me that we are playing a long game here. and that change is hard. and change is slow. and it never happens all at once. but eventually, we get there. we always do. we get there because of folks like my dad. folks like barack's grandmother. men and women who said to them
. the first lady of the united states, michelle obama, has tonight's most critical job, reminding voters why they liked her husband enough to put him in the white house, and to make the case for giving him another four years. joining us now in our coverage all of this week, anderson cooper, high above the floor. >> our new poll shows why that case is more urgent than ever for the democrat. new numbers on mitt romney's convention bounds. john, what are the numbers? >> anderson, as the democrats open their convention tonight, let's look at that very question. we know governor romney got a one-point bounce out of his convention, not so great, about half what the president got four years ago. not a big bounce. where does that leave us? the democrats' opening night two months from a critical election day. doesn't get any closer than that. 48-48. >> the convention will pay tribute to a champion of health care reform, the late senator edward kennedy, and the woman who stood by his side, vicki kennedy. >> meanwhile, the floor plan is completely different from the republican convention in tampa. sinc
from the star of the obama family, michelle obama. you know, this is just like a relay and you start off with the fastest person. so i'm going to be at home and i'm going to be watching it with our girls. and i am going to try not to let them see their daddy cry. because when michelle starts talking, i start getting all misty. >> let's go to our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's downstairs here in the convention at the time warner cable. what else do we expect the first lady to say tonight? >> wolf, we're really expecting her to stay somewhat on message when it comes to what president obama's campaign is all about. that he's making decisions putting the middle class first. but she's going to be doing it. a source close to her tells me from a very personal place. she'll obviously talk about herself is the person who knows him best, around him at very pivotal moments and she'll talk about how she's seen him make difficult decisions, whether it be health care reform or over the auto bailout. and that she has seen him make these decisions putting the middle class first. tha
swoon over those speeches by bill clinton and michelle obama far more than over the appearances by mitt and ann romney? >> the first lady of the united states not hitting a home run, but probably a grand slam. as far as what her mission was to do -- >> the master, bill clinton, delivered a masterpiece of a speech. truly a wonder. a rousing call to re-elect president obama. >> an electrifying endorsement of president obama from the former president -- >> a performance was amazing in the room, amazing on tv. >> reviews of president obama's speech not quite so positive. plus, some journalists are openly complaining, okay, maybe whining a bit, about the joyless and overly choreographed nature of this campaign. do they have a point? i'm howard kurtz, and this is "reliable sources." >>> it's rare in these days of polarized politics that most pundits agree on anything. when the democratic convention kicked off this week, there was plenty of praise for the soft-spoken and highly personal speech by michelle obama. >> michelle obama owned this convention, the delegates. >> i think that we may hav
>>> the first lady front and center. michelle obama ready to seize the spotlight on night one of the democratic convention. >>> everything people own, look at that, left in heaps on the curb. exposing the true extent of damage from hurricane isaac. good morning to you. welcome to "early start". i'm zoraida sambolin in new york. >> and i'm john berman in charlotte, north carolina live at the cnn grill. the convention gavels to order in the afternoon. then the party will spend the next three days trying to sell the message that we are, in fact, better off now than we were four years ago. they have had trouble with that one so far. they suggest they would have a better plan for the future. tonight's main attraction, first lady michelle obama and castro. cnn's dana bash joins me now. dana, you have inside information for the obama contain and what the goals are for these three days. >> first of all, they say they want to chrrystallize the visio. when you look at the economy between barack obama and mitt romney. and they're also going to talk about building a middleclass from the m
years ago. also speaking tonight, first lady michelle obama. her job, reach out to women voters of both parties. cnn's edlavendera has a closer look. but, first, dana bash, what are the main priorities that democrats will be pushing tonight? >> reporter: well, democratic officials say the main priority is to remind people that this just isn't just about whether or not they should fire or hire again president obama. it's that it's going to be a choice. and this is really if you talk to any strategist of any party kind of the way you run an incumbent's re-election campaign. that it is a choice between the president and mitt romney. so they'll try to what they say is crystallize that choice between the two men. and they're also going to try to emphasize the fact that as president obama has been doing for months that they believe that the democratic party is the party for the middle class. and also talk about, they say, the accomplishments that they feel that the president hasn't gotten enough credit for, bailing out the auto industry. they believe the health care bill. they'll talk about t
president doesn't change who you are. no, it reveals who you are. >> michelle obama gets personal. the first laidy on her husband' value and vision and really what was the speech of her life. >> a victory rally in canada. a politician rushed from the podium after deadly gunshots rang out. good morning ining to you. welcome to early start. i'm zoraida zam blsambolin in n york. >> i'm john berman live from the democratic national convention. this morning everyone is talking about the misses. he may be the commander in chief. but she is the mom in chief. and it's no longer clear which one of them can best sell a speech. because michelle obama was the highlight of the first night of the democratic convention with a passionate, personal appeal for her husband's re-election. to hear the first lady tell it, president obama is just like the rest of us. tonight, the big speech comes from former president bill clinton. so there is a lot to talk about. joining me now is cnn's dana bash. who's been killing it all week with us here on "early start" in the mornings. thanks for being with us again. what w
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will try to finesse that question over the next several days. the president's wife, michelle obama, and of course bill clinton who the democratic party and the obama campaign in particular are turning towards big time now to try to be kind of a validator for what democrats can do with the economy because, remember, the economy was in great shape when he left office. >> that one little no will be tough to recover. dana bash live for us, thank you very much. >>> and here is a look at some of the key speakers who will take the podium at the convention tomorrow. first lady michelle obama will address the opening night of the gathering. on wednesday former president bill clinton will give the nominating address. and, of course, president obama delivers his acceptance speech. cnn coverage begins tomorrow at noon with wolf blitzer. submit your questions and get answers in real time live chat. logis on to to participate. >>> it's an election year which means the truth probably lies somewhere are in between the partisan talking points. let's talk some numbers. business co
, appreciate that. while the president and mitt romney are getting ready for the debate, first lady michelle obama is speaking out on voting rights. she spoke at the professional black caucus gala last night about the importance of protecting the right to vote. >> we all get a say in our democracy no matter who we are or where we're from or what we look like or who we love. so we cannot let anyone discourage us from casting our ballots. we cannot let anyone make us feel unwelcome in the voting booth. >> now, the first lady didn't specifically refer to it, but there is an election battle brewing right now over americans' access to the voting booth. a lot of states have passed laws that many people say could make it harder to vote. those laws could be game changers come november. joe john shows us how. >> reporter: in the past two years, almost every state in the country has introduced or passed some kind of restriction or change to the voting laws. 41 out of 50 states since the last mid-term election. we're talking about all kinds of changes to the voting laws here, for early voting, voting r
lady, michelle obama speaking out about voters' rights and talked about voter id laws, something my next guest says in a world is racism. now from the maker of splenda sweeteners, discover nectresse. the only 100% natural, no-calorie sweetener made from the goodness of fruit. the rich, sweet taste of sugar. nothing artificial. ♪ it's all that sweet ever needs to be. new nectresse. sweetness naturally. >>> republican lawmakers pushed voter i.d. laws across the country and democrats are crying foul. we started our conversation with the remarks by first lady, michelle obama, at saturday night's congressional black caucus dinner. >> we all get a say in our democracy, no matter who we are or where we are from or what we look like or who we love. so we cannot let any one discourage us from casting our ballots and we cannot make anybody make us feel unwelcome in the voting booth. >> she says feel unwelcome in the voting booth. is it -- are people really -- is there really a strategy to make people feel unwelcome in the voting booth? the former president bill clinton said he has never see
tomorrow with first lady michelle obama the headliner and the keynote address from san antonio mayor julio castro. this week, democrats will try to highlight what they consider president obama's first-term successes, but there is this nagging question they're struggling to answer -- are you better off today than you were four years ago? cnn's dana bash joins me right now. seems like just yesterday we were on the floor of the republican convention in tampa. >> it does. wasn't it yesterday? speaking of yesterday, let's go back many yesterdays ago to four years ago, and that is really what, as you mentioned, the republicans have been pressing for democrats, and it is the key question for democrats to answer -- are you better off? obama officials have been kind of -- it's been tough for them to answer the question, but one democrat who's usually pretty good at staying on message went off message a little bit, and that is martin o'malley, the governor of maryland, who also is the head of the democratic governors association. listen to what he said. >> can you honestly say that people are better
after her big speech, michelle obama touted what her husband has done for gay and lesbian voters. >> whether it's passing hate crimes legislation or speaking out for the rights of all americans to be able to do what barack and i did, and marry the love of our lives. >> reporter: brianna keilar, cnn, charlotte. >> so with their conventions now behind them, president obama and mitt romney, they are fine-tuning their strategies for the sprint to november. and sounds vying for your attention. so we invented a warning you can feel. introducing the all-new cadillac xts. available with a patented safety alert seat. when there's danger you might not see, you're warned by a pulse in the seat. it's technology you won't find in a mercedes e-class. the all-new cadillac xts has arrived, and it's bringing the future forward. throughout our entire lives. ♪ one a day men's 50+ is a complete multi-vitamin designed for men's health concerns as we age. ♪ it has more of seven antioxidants to support cell health. that's one a day men's 50+ healthy advantage. to support cell health. those little t
, and i'm sure will, tomorrow, will be saying, man, they have michelle obama, bill clinton, and president obama. i wish we had a murderer's row like that on our side. >> i have to wrap this up. a bit of breaking news we have to pass on to people. thank you, roland and will. as usual. >> you bet. >>> this is cnn breaking newses. >>> ok. now for the breaking news. a u.s. airways flight returns to the airport following a threat. our affiliate wpvi is reporting u.s. airways flight 1267 had already left philadelphia on its way to dallas when a threat was called in involving a passenger carrying an explosive liquid. it happened just after 7:00 eastern this morning. the plane is back on the ground. the plane will now be searched. of course we're going to monitor the situation. if they find anything or even if they don't, of course we'll pass it along to you. but for now, those passengers are pretty much stuck. we'll be right back. >>> 13 minutes past the hour. to money news this morning, one of the keywords used in both political conventions, jobs. this morning, the labor department says 365,000
saw video of first lady michelle obama, already here in one of the sky boxes, a live picture there. you see michelle obama, you see her, other folks sitting in the sky box. she's talking to a number of dignitaries and people who are allowed in. so we're watching very closely to see when, in fact, president obama arrives. >> one other point about president clinton. i almost called him governor clinton. back in the day, when i didn't have any of these gray hairs. i talked to somebody who has read the speech, about the 30/30. if you have the under, you will lose. >> what a shock. >> i was on the podium the last time governor clinton nominated a democrat for president. that was michael dukakis. >> we'll still be feeding the teleprompter. >> he will give a very inspirational speech. we're at a crossroads. the american people understand that congress is not functioning, and that the president has put forward critical issues and congress will not act. president -- i think president clinton tonight will talk about their thaw crossroads and basically, do we go forward with the policies that
expect to hear from the first lady, michelle obama. gary. >> shannon, that's what's fascinating about politics. four years ago, bill clinton was saying nasty things about barack obama when his wife was running for president. now he's a valued asset for the campaign. shannon travis, thank you. we look forward to hearing from you during the democratic national convention. thank you, shannon. >>> protesters are already in charlotte getting a jump on this week's convention. [ chanting ] >> the protest was called march on wall street south. cnn's joe johns spent time talking to protesters. >> reporter: here in charlotte in the run-up on the democratic national convention, wall street south has been off to hype but came off without a hitch, only two arrests and no reported violence. >> hey, hey, ho, ho, wall street has got to go! >> reporter: 10,000 people were predicted for the march. only a few hundred showed up, but they were loud. >> our children get sicker, yet pockets get bigger! >> reporter: about what you would expect for a march against the bank that makes charlotte one of the lead
to support akin as a way to take back the senate from democrats. >>> michelle obama or president? don't bet on it. president obama and the first lady sat down with the ladies of "the view." the president was quick to shoot the idea of michelle obama running for president one day. >> she should run for office but she said she doesn't want to. >> yeah, i -- i -- look -- i mean, michelle would be terrific but temperamentally i don't think -- >> wait, no, it's absolutely true. it takes a lot of patience to be the president of the united states. and i'm not that patient. >> the first lady went on to say her husband was the perfect temperament to be president. no emotional shifts, very steady. she says she's one of the only people who can really make him mad. >> i'd be in such big trouble. i'm not sure he can get away with that. >> he just did. >> she agreed with him. >> i do not know what happened in the limo on the way home. that's a private moment. >>> the replacement refs, another controversy. russell wilson throws a hail mary pass. it appears to be intercepted by green bay safety m.d. jennin
michelle obama will be marking the moments on the south lawn. >> on this anniversary of the 9/11 attacks we pause now to remember that moment when the first plane hit the world trade center. >> it was so important health wise to remind women, you know, check your expiration date because it's a health risk. >> that was kris jenner of the kardashian family. c's "today" show not pausing for that moment of silence defending itself the next day saying it's not something we do. finally the president giving this statement to "the new york times." we made an editorial call resulting in the september 11 moment of silence not being seen. while we dedicated a substantial amount of airtime to anniversary events, we still touched a nerve with many of your viewers, and for that we apologize. >> i don't know. these things do not have the same resonance. december 1 1rks 1941, we don't all stop on -- >> to remember. >> pearl harbor day and remember it. and we used to, right? i don't know in history at what point that stopped but that is something that, you know, news networks have to grapple with. at what p
tomorrow. she's going to be doing an event out there. michelle obama speech's last night reminding voters she had a pretty good speech at the republican convention in tampa. getting back to what paul ryan said on the campaign trail, i think the romney campaign really sees this as a gift of what happened yesterday on the sunday talk shows when those obama campaign advisors were having trouble answering the question are we better off than four years ago. president obama was quoted in usa today giving himself an incomplete on the economy. even though mitt romney has not been out, his campaign has opinion hard at work making hay on those comments. >> thank you. cnn just heard from the head of the navy seals about that controversial book out today about the bin laden raid. wait until you see the scathing memo he sent out to all seals. you'll only see it here on cnn. i was talking to my best friend. i told her i wasn't feeling like myself... i had pain in my pelvic area... and bleeding that wasn't normal for me. she said i had to go to the doctor. turned out i had uterine cancer, a type of gyne
, as well. and michelle obama has her let's move campaign. we're all on the same page when it comes to living healthier lifestyles. >> what do people say when they see you strolling into town? how do they react to you? >> you know, typically, don, the first question i get is, are you really walking across america? and they're just like, wow. and then i have a bunch of different questions and i always answer them. >> lose any weight? you look thin. >> not really. i've gained muscle. >> and endurance, i'm sure. good luck to you. >> thank you, don. >> thank you for walking. >> great meeting you. >>> all right. so moving on now, people stranded in their cars, they had to be rescued, flash floods. it is scary stuff. i'm going to show you where and the water will rise again this weekend. we'll tell you about that, next. . it's the only mouthwash with a new tartar control formula for a dentist clean feeling. ahhhhhhhh. [ male announcer ] new listerine® ultraclean™. power to your mouth™. woman: what do you mean, homeowners insurance doesn't cover floods? [ heart rate increases ] man: a
the candidates. michelle obama talked about it last night. she talked about the impact that one vote may have and she mentioned voter i.d. laws that could take the vote right out of the voter's hands. >> we all get a say in our democracy, no matter who we are, where we're from, or what we look like, or who we love. so we cannot lehtonen discourage us from casting our ball lots. we cannot lehtonen make us feel unwelcome in the voting booth. >> while the candidates and their surrogates rally for people to vote for them, there's an army hitting the streets to make sure people know how to vote. athena jones takes a look. >> reporter: it's a fixture at every campaign rally, a voting call to arms and wisconsin was no different. >> remember people wanting detroit to go bankrupt. don't boo. vote. who wants to let the oil companies write the energy plan? [ booing ] >> don't boo. i'm asking you for your vote. >> reporter: some 37 million americans are eligible to vote but are not registered according to census figures, to registering people and educating them about how to vote is central to both campai
leaders gathered at the u.n., whelp the presidential campaign heated up, when barack obama and michelle obama went on "the view," the headlines seemed to be all about this. >>> the replace managements, the calls that had football fans across the country howling at the nfl to bring back the professional referees. >> and now we move onto football and the split-second call that had everyone up in arms today. >>> another apparent mistake by nfl officials has set off a new firestorm of chris sichl. >>> yes, a blown call somehow turned into a cacophony of media things for days. we call greg doyle off the bench. greg doyle, welcome. >> howdy. >> after they were robbed of the horrible call on monday night, the media went haywire. i'm talking "nightly news"casts, morning shows, front pages. why was this such an explosion? >> because it was easy and because the replacement refs were easy victims. let's kick that little skinny weakling while he's down. that would be a lot of fun. let's not kick roger goodell or the regular refs. let's kick the replacement refs who were trying to do us a favor and
>>> while the president and mitt romney are on the campaign trail, first lady michelle obama is speaking out on voting rights. she spoke at the congressional caucus convention last night. >> we all get a say in our democracy, no matter who we are or where we're from or what we look like or who we love. so we cannot let anyone discourage us from casting our ballots. we cannot let anyone make us feel unwelcome in the voting booth. >> now signing up to vote may seem simple enough, but in some states it is not. a lot of states have passed laws that many people say will make it harder to vote. >> reporter: in the past two years, almost every state in the country has introduced or passed some type of change or restrictatirestric restriction to the voting laws. we're talking about all kinds of changes to the voting laws, some of the most controversial changes of all are to laws requiring voters to show photo identification. 11 states have already gotten photo-id laws. we have to say here again and again, polling shows voter id laws are very popular, they make sense to people. republicans who tend t
the democrats had a more organized, more consistent message. they had better speakers. michelle obama, bill clinton, president obama did a better job making their case, selling their case to the american people. one other thing, though. that 47% remark governor romney made at that fund-raiser back in may that was released just last week, that's breaking through. i was in michigan last week. when you travel the country and talk to people, if you talk to pollsters they say it has hurt governor romney again on that fundamental question, who would best handle the economy and who represents your values. that has hurt. >> gloria, thank you. john king, thanks. >>> we got breaking news ahead on the program. for months, we have been reporting on charities that take your money and then don't deliver on their promises. tonight, the single largest fund-raising company in the world, quadriga art, will now have to answer questions from the u.s. senate about their financials. ♪ well, he's not very handsome ♪ to look at [ sighs ] ♪ oh, he's shaggy ♪ and he eats like a hog [ male announcer ] the vol
of folks saying michelle obama knocked it out of the park, bill clinton and obama obama were no slouches either, of course, so who other than someone named clinton or obama really impressed you? >> i think that one of the other speeches that really stuck out for me, and i know was a big hit at the convention and with folks around the country was our keynote speaker, the first latino ever for a dnc keynote speaker, julian castro. and he really, i think, impressed the crowd not just with his personal story, but with his argument about how his personal story was not just the quintessential american story, but it was a story that was possible only in this great country and that the opportunities that were available to him to make him successful are the opportunities that are at stake in this election and that it was obama's policies that he's put in place and will continue to put in place to make sure that that american dream that he is now fulfilling is going to be available to everybody, regardless of how much money you make, where you come from, what family you were born into, because tha
for barack obama. some of the rather key ones is because he chose michelle as his wife. >> that was very sensible i think, yes. no, i think that she is a perfect partner for him. she is very strong. she's sort of balances, healthy, and practical firmness with gentleness and nurturing and she's a terrific mother and that is enormously important. >> you know barack better than most people. what will he be feeling? a lot of pressure? does he get nervous? >> i don't think he's nervous. i think he's very prepared. i think the speech is going to be great. and i think, you know, he's probably stretching his long limbs and excited to address the crowd. >> better than bill clinton's? that's the key question. >> i think he'll be different. everyone serves their purpose. michelle was about storytelling. about helping us to kind of frame the campaign issues and deeply, you know, loving intimate ways and bill clinton was about gaining perspective. on the last four years. and i think my brother is going to be about looking ahead. >> i think the crowd rather liked what you've just been saying. it's all
, gary, on friday all of them, when i say all of them i mean president obama, first lady michelle obama, vice president joe biden, and his wife dr. jill biden will all be going to a campaign event in new hampshire. that's on friday. for the weekend they split up. president obama is off to florida for saturday and sunday campaign events. vice president biden is off to ohio for the weekend for events there. you know, gary, it's all about momentum building on momentum right after the convention, wasting no time hitting the campaign trail. it's something you saw mitt romney his running mate obviously do the last few days since their convention. president obama and joe biden will do the same. >> how are the preps going right now in charlotte? are people already starting to arrive? >> yeah. we've seen some people filing in. by and large most of them journalists and members of the media setting up, preparing for the week. there are some delegates, some guests that have been filing in as well, security preparations obviously are about to start. we know that they'll be erecting the perimeter aro
. as for the big speakers, let's go through the schedule. michelle obama, she's one of the major speakers on tuesday night. as is the keynote speaker julian castro. he is the mayor of san antonio, texas. he is somebody you can get to know pretty well. on wednesday, former president clinton will be the big speaker. thursday, we move from here to time warner cable arena to the football stadium. that's where haven't joe biden and president obama will give their renomination addresses. a little noisy here. we have buses going by. >> that's the way it goes. right when you start talking, all the activity has to begin. >> exactly. >> meantime we hear that vice-presidential pick on the republican side paul ryan is going to be in north carolina next week. will his arrival coincide with the convention? to f. if so, why? >> the romney campaign announced that paul ryan will be in greenville, north carolina, a couple hours from here. he'll there be for a rally. the convention starts the next day here. vice president joe biden was supposed to be in tampa, florida, last monday when the republican conven
, the public eye. if you are michelle obama or ann romney or whoever you are, kate middleton, doesn't really matter who you are or what country you're in, the amount of attention that female very high profile people get these days, it's pretty unbearable, isn't it? how do you deal with that generally? generally? >> well, i think -- i think it's very difficult because you are always -- you always worry so much. not really, i can't generalize. i worry so much. i worry what's going to be the backlash or what is it -- what -- am i looking right, not looking right? in fact, i am a very godmother. an independent woman, i'm a children's book author, and i'm striving to make a difference in education for children with my charitable causes. so i think the best thing you can do is strive on. keep your head held high, and have courage in your heart. and, you know, you can't go back. you just go forward and keep walking tall. >> you certainly have done that the last time you were on my show, i got very intrusive with you and asked you about your love life and you said the following. i don't think i'll g
wrestler picked up the first lady michelle obama. what is it with picking up the obamas? cnn political director mark preston joins me now. >> what do you think the secret service was thinking when that gentleman decided to pick the president up like that? >> i don't know. what is it? it's so bizarre. that pizza shop owner, i guess, was a republican, right? >> he was overcome with a little bit of excitement. who wouldn't be excited, i guess, if the president showed up at your pizza shop. >> he said as a republican he voted for obama in the last election. i take it he's going to vote for him again this time. mark, let's talk about this latest poll and the latest fundraising figures for the president. he has a lot to be happy about. >> he sure does. he's certainly seen a bump from what we've seen from this gallup poll. as you said, we'll have our own poll in just a few hours that will really gauge where we are in the race after both conventions are over. he has good news when it comes to fundraising. in the month of june, in the month of july president obama was outraised by the republica
taxful politicians were named ann and michelle. this is how i saw it when michelle obama first entered the arena. she took a look to see what it would look like from the stage. and two weeks ago, who would have thought that weather would threaten to completely disrupt these carefully laid plans. and of course it did. it canceled one night of the republican convention and forced the democratic convention inside. this is what topical isaac looked like from my hotel room. so as bill clinton said in 1988, in closing, if you need more proof that conventions still matter, they're still fun and are still fascinating, if you need more proof that you really can't touch this, i offer you this, mc hammer. see, conventions do matter. if you want to see more of these pictures, come visit our blog, we have more pictures there. worth looking at. all right. moving back now, one of the most inspirational stories from this year's u.s. open, it isn't from a tennis player. it's from military vet who has overcome the oddsputee and is now a ball assist taptan to. an amazing story. go to
job speaking to. he comes into this speech with a 69% approval rating. michelle obama the night before has high approval ratings. it's a powerful one-two punch, two of the only national politicians that have ratings like that. most politicians just don't get that high anymore. >> a former republican consult and who made ads for none other than mitt romney came on cnn after the speech and said they should shut down the convention right now. that was the speech that may have elected barack obama. that's pretty out there. >> i wonder if alex is getting calls from his republican friends saying, hey, tone it down, alex. >> it is true. you asked the question about who he's trying to reach. i think that there are no question that there are -- i mean, you probably know some personally, people who are 2008 obama supporters who just are disappointed in him. and disappointed in what he has done. and for president clinton to do this and not just give, i think you're right, a lawyerly explanation of why, but also to give it in a wa i thatting loos like he's emoting and he means it, it's hard to --
would ever consider running for president both she and the president, michelle obama and the president, agreed that michelle doesn't have the patience for the job. the president agreed that was a little interesting to say the least. gop challenger mitt romney will deliver a speech of the clinton global initiative meeting in an hour. expected to hit the president hard on foreign policy. >> he said that the developments of the middle east are bumps in the road. these are not bumps in the road. these are human lives. this is time for the president who will shape events in the middle east not just be merciful. >> white house spokesman jay carney calls romney's comments desperate and offensive. the president will also speak at the clinton global initiative later today after mitt romney does. >> here is a list of where the candidates have been. this is from dana millbank. the president has found places in for leno, jimmy fallon, for "people," "entertainment tonight and "the view." mitt romney has had an opportunity to sit down on the set of "live with kelly and michael." and "the tonight sho
. >> wow. a busy morning ahead. our guests include michele flournoy, co-chair of the obama campaign nation security advisory committee. tiki barber, former player for the new york giants, rudy giuliani, former new york city mayor, ben cohen, co-founder of ben & jerry's ice cream and singer cyndi lauper. >> it is wednesday, september 26th. "starting point" beginning right now. first we have some news just in to cnn. two american soldiers in afghanistan were killed today in an attack by a suicide bomber. the attack happened in logar province just south of kabul, afghanistan's capital. a spokesman for the governor of logar said the suicide bomber detonated himself during a military operation. he also said one american soldier was injured. we will have more on this developing story as details come in. >>> a big day here in new york. iran's controversial leader will deliver his final address to the u.n. general assembly as president of that country. that address is today. mahmoud ahmadinejad is stirring up controversy before he even begins. he told reporters that israel will be eliminated from
michelle obama, the chair is the most influential woman that the white house is listen listening to and "the new york times" article calls her the other power. good to see you valerie. >> well, it is so good to see you on the third and the final day of of the convention. >> at love oenthusiasm and it has been hectic. tell us about the prep ratiaratf the president's speech? >> well, he has an opportunity to speak honestly and directly to the american people about what he has been accomplishing over the last four years and the road map for the future and it will crystallize the sharp comparison of his plans in comparison to governor romney's. as president clinton said to eloquent eloquently last night, governor romney wants to double-down on trickle-down and we know it does not work. the president believes in growing a strong and robust middle-class, and providing the ladders of opportunity for those not yet in the middle-class and want to work hard and have that american dream, and so he will contrast those two very differedi different visions and lay out how to get us there. >> w
of barack obama's first-term record, and they are deploying him now in swing states, even more than michelle obama, he's probably the biggest asset they have. but life is long. you never know when you're going to end up, that these two men are now embracing to this extent. >> life is really long. >> you know, the president got a bounce at the convention, and it's arguable that clinton played a big part in that. we have this new pew research center poll that i found real estate interesting. it showed, when they were asking, what was the highlight of the democratic convention, 29% bill clinton's speech, 16% said the president's speech, and michelle obama's speech was at 15%. so does that also mean that there is a downside to having president clinton -- >> oh, you mean overshadowing -- you know, he -- everybody knows hays not the candidate. i think he's a great character witness for the candidate. i think there was a dangerous dangeat the convention of that kind of a result, because you want your candidate to shine, not the person who is testifying on your behalf to shine. but i think right now
. i think the president and his family have already -- there they go. president obama and michelle obama boarding the plane taking off for portsmouth, new hampshire where of course president obama will hit the campaign trail. that is where dan lothian is already waiting for the president to arrive. so i'm sure the white house has already put out a statement on this jobs report. what's it saying? >> this is not the kind of numbers that would really put wind in the sails of the president as he bounces out of the democratic national convention. i've heard from two officials who tell me the president will in fact address the jobs numbers during his first stop here post the dnc convention here in new hampshire. so he will be addressing those job numbers. we'll be listening for what he has to say. we heard from the president's economic adviser who said in a statement in part, quote, while there is more work, there remains to be done, today's employment report provides further evidence that the u.s. economy is continuing to recover from the worst downturn since the great depression. going
for the president with all of this talk. you had michelle obama talking about what the president believes in and who he cares about. president clinton explained the past. now it is just ready for barack obama to explain what he will do in the future. if this convention has a rhythm, it has a direction, it has an excitement. i think it is great, and i think i can't predict whether there will be a big bounce after it, but i would bet the predicate for a gradual ascension of the democratic ticket in november. >> every american did not watch it, though. >> unfortunately. >> my question would be do they take what bill clinton did in some ways sort of prof sorrial. >> the scene, and you go to black churches and they go preach, baby, preach, to the minister. this is teach, baby, teach. he was teaching america. >> does he take that on the road literally with a white board and says you have heard about medicare. here. >> i talked to him. >> here is the facts, here is what's really going on. >> i talked to the president before the speech for quite a bit, and first he put a lot of effort into it. it sounded li
. but now complaints are growing. does michelle obama's initiative give students enough to eat at school? "newsroom" starts now. >>> good morning. thank you so much for being with us. i'm carol costello. we begin this hour with president obama about to face two very different audiences. just minutes from now the president will address the united nations general assembly, but it's not just world leaders who will be listening to his speech about foreign policy. american voters may also tune in to his comments amid a spike in international hot spots. the latest from iran, they have reportedly test fired anti-ship missiles in the waters off its southern coast. it's possibly troubling for several reasons. according to an iranian news agency, the drill was close to u.s. led naval exercises in the persian gulf. the test comes amid spiking tensions with israel and mutual threats of military action, and it comes on a day when both president obama and the republican nominee, mitt romney, deliver key speeches on u.s. foreign policy. as i said, mr. obama is about to speak momentarily. mr. romney spo
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pictures were published of the wife of president obama. i think michelle obama would take a different view about pictures of her topless than she might about someone on a beach in miami. i think that's the key difference. >> well, some might argue and probably very few, but some might argue that even if you're in a private home, is it ever wise to go outside of that home and take your top off? >> i don't think anyone would disagree with that. i have worked for celebrity clients for over 20 years. if any celebrity client came to me and asked me whether it was ever wise to take their top off in a public place anywhere, i would say absolutely not. so i think kate, the duchess of cambridge was unwise to do that. i think, however, that the punishment is inappropriate. it does not seem to me that justifies a worldwide set of pictures on the basis of and moments in discretion where she thought she was safe and where she thought she was private. >> well, it just comes on the heels of the prince harry scandal and the nude pictures taken of him in a private hotel room. >> well, i think this is absol
elitists than barack and michelle obama. they're friends with jay-z and beyonce. did i miss something? is hanging out with jay-z and beyonce a tng regular people do now? >> that's a fair point. >> everyone's always saying i'm unrelatable because i had a horse in the oolympics. let me tell you what, i would kill that horse if i could meet beyonce. >> yeah. so "saturday night live" back in force this season. >> i got to tell you, that is a beautiful horse. i followed that very closely. i did. i loved that horse. why are you laughing at me. >> what you took away from that was the horse. >> you know, the political jokes are funny, too. horse, fabulous. >> they miss sarah palin. >> they need big characters to be able to spoof. that's been challenging. >>> still ahead this morning on "starting point," important information for your bank account today. why you'll be paying more in overdraft fees and atm charges. a bit of a bummer. we'll explain why. >>> a desperate search is on for survivors after the avalanche in one of the world's tallest moments. a report on the rescue effort coming up ne
the obama and clinton and michelle, themselves. you had mary j. blige and mark anthony singing the national anthem, and the democratic chair did not have an interesting moment, but what is interesting is that the republicans booed obama and the democrats booed god, so they
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